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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 10 March 2016

2016 Updates

Shapwick & Tavistock Reunion 2015 photos from event organiser Liz Twose.

Cheveley Depot - five photos c1975 & 1980 period from Chris Clarke.

Antenna & Sites (Post 2000) sixty+ photos from Martin Swift and Steve Powell

Equipment (Radio Schemes) seventy+ photos from Martin Swift and Steve Powell taken during the analogue scheme decommissioning phase.

Romsley; a photo of a hi-vis DTELS branded jacket circa 1991-94

It’s good to know that after 21 years since DTELS as an organisation ceased to exist that reunions are still maintained in both London and the regions.  Please do send me pictures or details of such events and I will be happy to publish.

Articles for Publishing
As ever I welcome DTELS related articles for publishing on this site. In particular personal recollection articles as I know many of you have enjoyed these trips down memory lane.

So please do your bit to record some history and send your articles by email to the address given on the feedback page.

... and Finally
As ever I wish you good health, happiness and fortune, may 2016 be a good year for you.

Please continue to visit this site, particularly the forum to view new postings and see updates on this home page.

Steven ColeKind Regards

Steven Cole


BEREAVEMENTS  updated 4 Oct 16

Click here for bereavement notices relating to former DTELS employees

Colin Adamson (Mechanic - Marley Hill)
Harry Robson (Mechanic - Marley Hill)

2016 DTELS Reunion
updated 19 October 2016

Link to the 2016 Reunion Booking Form

This years DTELS reunion will be held at the Civil Service Club in London on Tuesday 29th November 2016.  Details of the event and booking form can be found by clicking here.

Forty-Five places have been reserved and it is requested that those people wishing to attend complete the form early.

As of 19th October I have 37 confirmed bookings, if you wish to attend please complete the form by 31st October!!

Having attended all winter reunions since 2006 and acted as event organiser since 2011 it has been highly rewarding to see so many colleagues and friends continuing to stay in touch by attending these annual functions. Last year it had grown to a record number of 45 people.

However, other personal priorities now make it necessary for me to relinquish the role of event organiser after the 2016 reunion.  If anyone is prepared to take up the responsibility for organising future events then please let me know.


New Visitor to this Site?
May I extend a big welcome to those of you who may be visiting this web site for the first time. If you not already aware, this site is dedicated to recording some of the history of the Directorate of Telecommunications.

As a public sector department within the Home Office for England and Wales, the Directorate was responsible for providing wireless communication support to Emergency Service users in the two countries.

Its origins go back to World War II (circa 1939) and grew over the years to become a major service provider to a wider range of Public Safety central and local government services. In 1991 it changed its name to DTELS and three years later became a private sector company following a trade sale to National Transcommunications Limited (ntl).

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